March 2021

Moment after moment after moment,
life keeps slipping by.
Make use of every moment;
the moment past never comes again.

–S.N. Goenka

Construction Updates

The Center Development Committee has a big job ahead – creating a vision and plan for what the Center will look like in the future. We need to do this before we can build any new structures. The Building 4 renovation project will create an additional 29 individual student rooms, with private bathrooms and cells, is the last major project we can do until the Site Development Plan is completed and approved by the county. Starting this process now will enable us to complete the plan by the time Building 4 is complete. Then we can continue our development, uninterrupted. We know we need a larger Dhamma Hall and a residence for teachers. Beyond that, there are more questions than answers at this point.

Optical fiber and ethernet cables have been laid between Buildings 1, 2, 3 and the AT trailer. Now we need to connect this all together to support a VOIP phone system, automatic gongs, and the early morning chanting in the cells as well as security cameras. If anyone has expertise in this area and a volition to serve, we could use your help. Please contact the Center Manager at [email protected] to learn more.

Finance Updates

Our financial situation has improved, we are no longer in deficit but we are still about $10K below the pre-Covid average monthly dana.

  • Online donations, please click here
  • Old student loan program, please click here

Dhamma Inspiration

On Sunday, March 14th the East Coast Virtual Group Sittings team will host the first in a series of live panel discussions meant to inspire you on the Dhamma path. This first panel will include Senior Vipassana Teachers reflecting on their own Dhamma paths: courses with Goenkaji in the early days, the blossoming of centers, and much more. Attendees will also be able to send in their own questions for the panelists.

As with all of the VGS programs, the practice remains our primary focus, and so we will start the program in a group sitting from 2:00-3:00 pm (EST), followed by the panel discussion from 3:15-4:30 pm (EST).

Please register here in advance for this webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

*Please note this talk is only for old students.

The recording of Paul Fleischman’s talk from Feb 14th is now available on pariyatti.

Gardening Team

Dhamma Pubbananda garden team has nice plans to add to the beauty of the Center this spring. We will be planting around the pagoda. Old students will be meeting monthly to discuss landscaping, trees, plants, garden and walking path maintenance. A monthly service day is also scheduled to implement plans and work on Dhamma land.

The meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm, and the service day is usually scheduled on a weekend. Anyone with the volition is welcome to join. We are always looking for ideas, plants, trees and tools. To make this happen, we have a wish list. Please click to view.

If you are interested in donating any of these items or joining the team, please call/sms Dhamma Pubbananda Garden Team at (302) 217-6206.